Bihar: Three policemen suspended for torturing JD(U) student leaders in custody

Patna: The district police of Bihar’s Bhojpur have suspended three sub-inspectors as two leaders of the students’ wing of ruling Janata Dal (United), JD(U), were allegedly thrashed by them.

Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said that an action would be taken against the police officers.

“While three sub-inspectors have been suspended, action will be taken against senior officers if they are found guilty,” he said, adding that the student leaders were not criminals and were associates of the JD(U) students’ wing, reported India Today.

On Monday, while protesting against the third-degree custodial torture of two leaders, students ransacked the Veer Kunwar Singh University in Ara and interrupted ongoing examinations. They also jammed roads and burnt tyres.

As per the claims of student leaders, Kumud Patel and Prince Singh Bajrangi, the police tortured them in custody on Sunday night over an incident that occurred during former CM’s ‘Sampark Yatra’ at Ara on November 28.

The JD(U) leaders alleged that police picked them up at around 3.00 am from their houses and took them to the police station. They alleged that the police not only stripped them but also burned their bodies with cigarette stubs.

The zonal IG of Patna has been asked by Additional DGP to investigate the case and submit his report in the next 24 hours.

Patel and Bajrangi had reportedly altercated with the security personnel while they were trying to set up the dais for Nitish Kumar during his “Sampark Yatra”. An FIR was also registered against the two leaders.